So, are you clueless about where to begin from, how to prepare for entrance exams in less time? Undoubtedly, it takes a lot of hard work to prepare for entrance exams. However, along with hard work, knowledge of some tips and tricks can benefit immensely. Remember, cracking an entrance exam is not just about hard work but doing your level best in the final scene. Tips on learning methods note taking, textbook reading, memorizing and effective revisions play a key role in cracking competitive entrance exams.
Employ these to get sure-shot success if you are preparing to ace competitive entrance exams. No matter what you are preparing for, put in your true potential and emerge victoriously. So, to discover how to ace Entrance Exams, read on and follow this expert advice.
Tips to Prepare for an Entrance Exam
Here, we bring to you the secret to successful preparation. Read on and discover the success secret.
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT- Prepare for Entrance –study plan for competitive exam
As soon as you register, and get the final dates, mark them out on your calendar. By doing so, your mind sets up an agenda and decides on how much time you have to devote.
Now you have to decide the time period you will devote to studying and preparing. Time until the exam will decide this. Some pupils require 1-3 months in advance of the exam. The time varies from one individual to another. You will have to keep in mind the holidays, family trips, school schedule, etc. Try to accommodate your schedule likewise.
Make a calendar schedule of the months or weeks before the exam. Mark study days, as well as the days you plan to give yourself a break, mark holidays, trip, or a social event, etc. This way you can account for that while planning your study session for those days.
Consider the amount of time you can realistically spend studying per day apart from other obligations and events in your life, as well. For example- 1-2 hours of studying every day or most of the days. On the other hand, the schedule may vary due to a part-time job or any other event, so, you can give just 30 minutes on such days but a few hours on other days. Frame a time table for competitive exam preparation.
Set how you want to review and what you want to review. It can be hard to pick and choose the most important to review. Focus on the topics or subjects with which you struggle the most. Reviewing everything you have ever learned is likely impossible. Have confidence in yourself instead. Ask friends who have already taken that entrance exam about the topics which came in their exam.
Mark your calendar every day with what you plan to study as planning already saves time.
PREPARE REVIEWING MATERIAL-preparation for the exam
Try and search for a calm and quiet space to study. Somewhere where you can focus and avoid distractions.
Buy a test preparation book. It helps to familiarize you with the types of questions. Also, search for online test preparation courses or e-book versions of the test preparation books for free.
Bring the materials you need to study.
Notes of classes.
Old homework assignments, projects, essays.
Scrap paper, pencils, erasers, pens, highlighters, etc.
Computer or laptop, (only if necessary, or avoid it as it could be a distraction).
Ensure the kind of learner you are:
Visual learner, Auditory learner or Kinesthetic learner.
Set your study habits according to the type of learner you are.
Set a break or rest timer for your studying. Taking breaks is important and not to overdo your studying. So, you can set the timer for every 30 minutes of studying. In a break of 5-10 minute you can walk, go outside for some sunshine, or go to the restroom. Remember to stick to that time.
Make your studying fun and joyful. Color-code the notes you have. Play review games with anyone (parents, tutor, a friend, or study group). Acting out what you are studying.
PRACTICE CALMING TECHNIQUES
Think positively about the outcome as your exam gets closer. It is really beneficial.
Practice positive self-talk. Drive away any negative thought comes to mind. Think about it rationally. Push it away with positive thoughts.
Do not have irrational belief like considering a situation far worse than it actually is.
Set sleep habits. Every teenager needs at least 8-10 hours of night sleep. This amount of night sleep helps us to relax and reduce stress. Go to bed and wake up at around the same time each day. This helps the biological clock.
Take time off and rest when you need it. You need this time to calm down and also enjoy your life outside of studying.
Learn breathing techniques. Do breathing exercises during the exam if you feel too stressed out.
Do practice meditation or yoga. Meditation is for reducing stress and calming down nerves. Exercise for some time to relieve stress.
Sports- tennis, soccer, etc.
Turn your nervousness into positive thoughts.
THE NIGHT BEFORE PREPARATION
Double-check your information- know where and when your exam is, at what time you need to arrive. Arrive early and utilize the time to check in and find your assigned room.
Do not forget to set an alarm clock. You should have enough time to get up, shower (if you prefer), have a healthy breakfast, and go to your exam location.
Gather everything you need for the entrance exam into your backpack if you are allowed one.
Pen, pencils, and erasers
Calculator (if allowed or needed)
Have a healthy dinner. Complex carbohydrates are great for long-lasting energy. Enjoy a balanced dinner with protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
Breakfast- higher in healthy fats and protein than carbohydrates (lesser amount of carbohydrate).
Avoid any last-minute revising for the exam. Try to give yourself the night off and relax also do some calming.
Lastly, get a sleep of eight hours, though 9-10 hrs of sleep are more highly recommended. Go to bed early. Next morning you will feel well rested and calmer.